Category Archives: Food

Restaurant reviews

I’ve recently started doing restaurant reviews on my book and writing blog, I Read Encyclopedias for Fun. Of course, since I live in Japan, these restaurants are in Japan.  I just wanted to let you know that if you’re interested in what’s available to eat in Japan, or if you’re looking for ideas for places to eat, you can check out my reviews.

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Coming soon: Hamazushi

I love sushi.  It’s so delicious.  So, when a local Hanaya Yohei restaurant closed, I was happy to find out that it was being replaced by Hamazushi, which is owned by the same company.  Hamazushi is a kaitenzushi (or conveyor belt sushi) restaurant.  They are very cheap, only 105 yen each.  We often eat at Sushiro, but Hamazushi is closer to the station, so easy to go to on our way home if we walk.  It’s opening next month!  I can’t wait!


Mmmm, sushi.

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Okome Matsuri, the Rice Festival

The Okome Matsuri, or Rice Festival, is being held at Yokohama’s Aka Renga Soko this weekend.  My family and I went to it yesterday afternoon and enjoyed the sunny weather and plenty of food.

Aka Renga Soko is often used as the site of many events.  Oktoberfest is also there.  At the festival, there were several tents set up for food vendors, which were selling a large variety of interesting foods.  I’d like to talk about what I ate, since everyone was there for the food.


The festival grounds with the Red Brick Warehouses in the background.


Ebi kushiten (Shrimp tempura on a stick) was pretty good. I love shrimp tempura, and the sauce was very good.


Maguro gyoza (tuna gyoza) was an interesting food. Usually, gyoza has pork and vegetables in it, this had tuna. It was quite good.


This was some of the food, including mabodofu (at top), maguro gyoza, pork, ebi kushiten, and some tomato dish which I didn’t eat. At the bottom was nori.


Grilled chicken with onion sauce was delicious. I love grilled chicken!


Tenkara, which is karaage (fried chicken), was very good. It seemed to have a bit of a garlic flavour.

In addition to the above food, we also had 6 kinds of rice.  There were 12 types of rice available, but we chose 6.  Honestly, I didn’t find much of a difference between them.


Other people enjoying the festival.


Some of the vendors.


One last picture. The sign says “Okome Matsuri.”

There was a lot of good food, and I enjoyed trying it.  I filled up on rice and plenty of meats.  It’s running until tomorrow (November 18), so if you want to check it out, I definitely recommend it.


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2012 Picture of the Week (41/52) – Yakitori

Yakitori, that wonderful, delicious chicken on a stick.  You can find this grilled, cheap delicacy anywhere in Japan.  It’s often sold in supermarkets, yakitori shops where you order and eat while standing, and at yatai, which are small food stands that are usually on the backs of trucks.  This picture is from a yatai.  It doesn’t show any food, but it shows the lantern which you can always find at a yakitori shop or yatai.  I particularly like yakitori with leeks.


See this lantern, and you can find a nice skewered chicken snack.

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2012 Picture of the Week (40/52) – Japan’s Donuts

In Japan, if you want donuts, you go to Mister Donut (or Krispy Kreme).  It’s the most popular donut shop in Japan.  They’re everywhere!  I find that they’re not as sweet as North American donuts, but they’re still good.  And right now, until September 30th, they have a half off sale!  I haven’t bought any, though. When they have sales, the lineups are usually quite long.


This is a pretty short line, but I’ve seen it a lot busier here.

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I want more shikuwasa

Shikuwasa is a citrus fruit from Okinawa that tends to show up in juice or soda form during the summer in the rest of Japan.  I don’t know what it is about Shikuwasa that I like so much, but I really love Shikuwasa soda.  I recently had some Shikuwasa water, which was also pretty good.  It’s a pretty sour citrus fruit, but it tastes really good.  Last year, I had some Shikuwasa soda from Okinawa Bottlers, but I haven’t seen any this summer.  All we could find was Shikuwasa soda from Co-op which comes in tiny cans.

Have you ever tried Shikuwasa soda?


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The Nashi Soda

Sapporo is at it again.  Another fruit flavoured soda is now available.  This time, it’s nashi, also known as Japanese pear or apple pear.  Nashi looks similar to apples, and also tastes a bit like them.  The Nashi Soda does taste quite a bit like apples, but also pears.  It has a strong carbonated taste, as is common with Sapporo’s other fruit sodas.  I quite like this one.  It’s pretty decent.

The Nashi Soda, with its usual penguins.


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